Our guest on Episode 13 is John Mitchinson, a long-time publishing veteran, co-founder of Unbound and co-host of the Backlisted Podcast. We go deep into the weeds of the groundbreaking publishing company he helped found, his own role there, and publishing in general.

You can listen to the episode here,

or Spotify, or iTunes,

or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books mentioned on the episode:

The Good Immigrant, by Nikesh Shukla

A Murder of Crows, by Ian Skewis

The Sewing Machine, by Natalie Fergie

Black And Blue, by Ian Rankin

My House of Sky: A Life of J A Baker, by Hetty Saunders and Robert Macfarlane

The Peregrine, by J A Baker

Something Happened, by Joseph Heller

Town House, by Norah Lotts,

Dance To The Music Of Time, by Anthony Powell

The Kingdom, by Emmanuel Carrere, transl. John Lambert

Jesus’ Son, by Denis Johnson

Berg, by Ann Quinn

The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

Panic Room, by Robert Goddard

Morning: How to Make Time, by Allan Jenkins

The Feed, by Nick Clark Windo

The Sparsholt Affair, by Allan Hollinghurst

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)


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